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Training and Education

Training available for Emergency Managers, Elected and Appointed Officials and other all-hazards emergency responders. 

Municipal jurisdictions and responder agencies in Maine are required to meet certain established training standards in order to be considered compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Nationwide training recommendations are provided by FEMA and statewide standards are set by the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The most recent update to the minimum training standards for Maine were issued by the MEMA Director on 16 December, 2015. 

To review a copy of the updated Maine standards and the references listed in the guidance letter, click on this link.

For most municipal elected or senior appointed officials:  Under the updated Maine NIMS training standards ICS/G-402: ICS Overview for Executives and Senior Officials  has replaced the former ICS-100/700 courses. Your Municipal EMA Director is authorized to deliver this course in your jurisdiction or you are welcome may join us for one of the regular sessions scheduled in the EMA office.

You may access the generic Knox County ICS/G-402 course in .pdf format here.  To obtain a powerpoint presentation of this course which may be customized for your jurisdiction, contact the EMA office directly.

FEDERAL TRAINING.  Generally, programs available through FEMA, DHS and other affilliated federal providers is made available free of charge to qualified students.  In most cases all travel, tuition and lodging expenses are covered.  Some courses allow your agency to be reimbursed for the personnel backfill and overtime costs when required to allow you to attend.

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Emmitsburg, MD.  Online Courses Resident Courses
Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Anniston, AL  Resident Courses   (These courses require special application procedures and sponsorship)

Student ID number  (SID).  FEMA eliminated use of the SSN for individuals applying for federal training. This applies to Independent Study (IS) and all classroom courses held at the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, Center for Domestic Preparedness and other resident partner programs.  To register for a Student ID number, visit  If you need assistance, email  or call (866)291-0696.  The Help Desk is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm (CST).

FEMA General Admissions Training Application Electronic format; Unless otherwise noted, forward completed applications to County EMA for processing. 


Maine Basic Emergency Manager program (MBEM-I and MBEM-II).  This program sponsored by the Maine Emergency Management County Directors Council, recognizes municipal emergency managers in Maine who have completed a higher level  course of study.  There are currently fewer than 70 local Directors who have earned this recognition in Maine.  Click here to learn more.

Maine Certified Emergency Manager (CEM-ME).  The Maine Emergency Management County Directors Council  offers an accreditation program for Emergency Managers who aspire to earn a higher level of professional certification.  The CEM-ME program is a nationally recognized professional credentialing program.  Click here for the latest program brochure  and here to access the complete application package for the CEM-ME.

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).  This is the premiere, internationally-recognized, credentialing program provided through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).  To learn more, click on this link.

Contact EMA 301 Park St  Rockland, ME  04841  Tel (207)594-5155

New NETC Meal Ticket Policy

Starting in 2017, students attending resident courses at the NETC in Emmitsburg must prepurchase meal tickets online. Tickets must be purchased within two weeks of student arrival on campus.  Click this link or refer to your course acceptance documents for more details.

For Senior Officials: "What's my role in Emergency Management?" A short video presentation featuring Melvin "Kip" Holden, Mayor of Baton Rouge, LA.  This video opens in a new window after loading.  For faster download, you may choose to view this directly from the Emergency Management Institute website here

MALEM-Brochure_WebMALEM Membership

Local Emergency Managers, Assistants, Deputies and others associated with Emergency Management at the Local and County level are eligible to join MALEM- The Maine Association for Local Emergency Managers.  The organization is co-sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association, MEMA and the Maine Emergency Management County Directors Council. Download Membership Brochure here.